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3 Houseplants You Probably Won’t Kill

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Mar. 13 2019, Updated 9:03 p.m. ET

Taking care of houseplants can be hard. Let’s face it: Do you drink enough water? I don’t. But that’s okay! You can still find a way to make your living or working space feel like an oasis with certain plants. Having plants in your home/office improves air quality, serves as inspiration, and increases your mood. Here are 3 plants that you can take care of with relative ease.

Cacti

I know. I know. So basic. Right? Wrong! I know they had a moment like a year ago, and everything was cactus related. But these little plants are still pretty badass. They grow with spines! Come on.

Cacti only need to be watered once a week. The Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose (CSSSJ) says, “During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the ‘drainage holes’ of the pots.”

Though they do mention that they can survive under these conditions, they won’t thrive. They’re great for a beginner! But if you want them to thrive, you’d definitely have to put more work in.

Succulents

Same as cacti, you’ll want to water them once a week. Also like cacti, they survive, but don’t thrive this way. Gilmour provides a guide for choosing, growing , and caring for succulents. The explain:

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“Most succulents like direct sunlight, but if all you have is a shaded corner in your house, go with low light-tolerant plants like mother-in-law tongue. If you plan to grow your succulent in a hanging planter, a trailing variety like string of bananas is a great choice.”

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“Most succulents like direct sunlight, but if all you have is a shaded corner in your house, go with low light-tolerant plants like mother-in-law tongue. If you plan to grow your succulent in a hanging planter, a trailing variety like string of bananas is a great choice.”

Snake Plants

Named after your ex. Just kidding! (no I’m not.)

To care for snake plants, as explained by Gardening Know How, “after they have been propagated, the care of snake plants is very easy. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out some between waterings.” Letting plants dry out is one of my specialties.

On a serious note though, plants are living things that require care, and probably shouldn’t be taken so lightly. They attract bugs, and if left to rot, create terrible odors. Don’t be discouraged if your plant dies. There’s a learning curve to everything. Have fun!

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